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BOOK RE VIEWS 3 1 7 

about John the Baptist being less than the least in the kingdom of 
God, the author holds that the reference is "to the visible body of 
believers who had accepted Christ as Leader and Savior and Lord." 
He holds that Jesus founded a society, but that this society is identi- 
fied with the church, and that the church is an aggregate of individual 
hearts, and that in the heart the foundation for it must be laid — a con- 
ception, barring the identification of the kingdom and the church, 
very close to the true one. The discussion of the advantages shared 
by one of these members, as over against the experience of John the 
Baptist, the author makes something more than a mere piece of 
exegesis. Another interesting chapter is that upon Matt. 5 : 38-42, 
"The Might of Meekness," a title which is a sermon in itself. In this 
chapter there is a thoroughly sane discussion of what Jesus means by 
his strong statements. The author holds very properly that Jesus deals 
not with rules but with principles, and that several of his sayings appar- 
ently commanding indiscriminate giving are in fact "pictures pur- 
posely painted in glaring colors — figures indeed of a most valuable 
truth, but left almost grotesquely out of drawing precisely in order to 
cut off the possibility of their being taken as patterns for literal 
obedience." The discussions of other passages might also be mentioned, 
notably that upon the "Friendship of Mammon" (Luke 16 :9-i2), in 
which the author finds the teaching that both for the individual and for 
the nation "it is required of the steward to be faithful." "The ordi- 
nary transactions of a man's daily life furnish forth the means to a 
man of God of laying up treasure in heaven, and deepening and 
purifying that spiritual nature whose tenderest associations, whose 
deepest friendships, whose true home are in the eternal tabernacles of 
the world to come." A word should be said also in appreciation of the 
simplicity and directness of the literary style of the volume. In this 
particular it is a model for the preacher. 

S. M. 

LITERARY NOTE. 

J. W. Jacobs & Co., Philadelphia, publish a Life of St. John for the 
Young, by George Ludington Weed, which has gathered together 
practically all the material which we have concerning the beloved 
disciple. In fact, it goes beyond the mere account of John and becomes 
in part a life of Jesus. A somewhat remarkable chapter is that in 
which John is recorded as correcting the accounts of the synoptists as 
regards the anointing of Jesus by Mary.